FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 27, 2002
CONTACT: Mary Motherwell
YPSILANTI - Veteran radio broadcaster, Joel Seguine, will join the staff of 89.1, WEMU, Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, Saturday, August 31 as host of Early Morning Jazz and Blues, from 5:00 to 8:00 a.m. Seguine replaces Marc Manley who has left WEMU to pursue a photography career in Wisconsin.
Seguine's fascination with jazz began during his high school years in Norwalk, CT when he began playing drums with a "pretty precocious bunch of jazz players." Sneaking into New York City's legendary jazz clubs on borrowed draft cards, he heard The Jazz Messengers and Basie at the old Birdland, Miles Davis at the Vanguard (where Jo Jones was a fellow listener), Thelonious Monk at the Five Spot, John Coltrane at the Village Gate, and many others. It instilled a love of jazz in Seguine that he carried with him to WPLN in Nashville, TN in 1971. Although he was primarily a classical music host and producer, Seguine was given the opportunity to host a three-hour jazz program on Saturdays during which he interviewed a number of big time jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, George Shearing, Buddy Rich, Chick Corea, and McCoy Tyner as well as a memorable hour with Eubie Blake, then aged 91.
Stints as Program Director at both WSIU in Carbondale, IL and WHRO in Norfolk, VA followed before Seguine moved to Ann Arbor in 1985 to become General Manager of Michigan Radio at the University of Michigan. In 1995, Seguine left that position for one in public relations at UM.
"Joel Seguine is a people person," said Linda Yohn, WEMU's Music Director. "He's a public and commercial radio pro with a vast knowledge of all types of music, but it's his nature - - to be concerned about people and communicate effectively - - that distinguishes him. He'l bring lots to the table and microphones of WEMU and I think our listeners will love listening to and waking up with Joel Seguine on Saturday mornings."
Seguine's plans for the program is to keep the jazz pretty much straight ahead with a mix of newer and older recordings (with very little from before 1950), primarily small groups, including some latin and, less occasionally, blues. He hopes to give Saturday's early risers a good start to the weekend.
WEMU is a listener-supported, National Public Radio affiliate with a format of jazz, blues, and local news, in addition to NPR news, information, and cultural programming. The station broadcasts to an eight-county area including all or part of Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Livingston, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe, and Lucas (OH) and webcasts live, twenty four hours a day at wemu.org.